Recipe: Pumpkin Pie

I really love this time of year. The cosy knitwear and constant festivities, all to the backdrop of nature putting on show (much more eloquently described by a friend of mine here). Love. It.

The real
pièce de résistance of the season, for me, though is the food. So much of what we eat over the Autumn and Winter months is looked forward to all year. Roast turkey, christmas pudding and pumpkin pie. 

So, to celebrate, I thought I'd share with you my family's recipe for pumpkin pie - and it's a real crowdpleaser too.

You will need:

1 packet of shortcrust pastry
700g of pumpkin - puréed
(you can use canned or make your own by whizzing up fresh pumpkin in a processor then sieving out the excess water)
125g sugar (brown or white - brown will give it a more 'baked' colouring)
300ml single cream
3 eggs - lightly beaten
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
0.5 teaspoon of ground cloves or mixed spice
pinch salt

1. Preheat the oven to 190˚C.

2. In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin, cream, eggs, sugar and spices with an electric mixer. I'd recommend giving the raw mix a taste at this stage and adding more spice if you prefer a stronger taste.

3. Roll out your pastry and line a greased, ridged pie tin with it. Using a loose bottomed tin will make the pie much easier to remove from the tin once it's baked. Place on a baking tray.

4. Pour the mix into the raw pastry casing. It should fill it up until almost level with the top of the tin. (As you can see from the picture, I had a little extra so I decided to make some mini pies as well!)

5. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown on top. Cool on a wire rack and then enjoy with whipped or pouring cream at room temperature. 

Why not add a pumpkin pie to your end of year festivities!